Square Enix Music Added to YouTube

Square Enix, the company behind some of the biggest video games of all time such as “Final Fantasy”, “Chrono” series, the “NieR” series, “Kingdom Hearts”, and many, many more have announced their music catalog has been added to YouTube. While in an email Square Enix highlighted their music was added to YouTube, and that their channel had playlists and additional fun and information for fans to indulge themselves in, nearly the same treatment was given to the other popular streaming platforms in the past. Below we’ve gone into detail on the Square Enix Music added to YouTube, Square Enix Music’s arrival, as well as what it means for other developers, and more information.

Square Enix Music on Streaming Platforms

The email that Square Enix had sent to its subscribers specifically stated that they had added their music to YouTube via the video platform’s website, as well as their YouTube Music extension. Upon hearing the news of the Square Enix Music move, I had jumped onto Spotify to find what was certainly not what the email had explained to be “130 original Square Enix albums on YouTube Music”, at least not on Spotify which got me to realize that different music appeared to be exclusively available through YouTube Music. So while Square Enix had certainly uploaded hundreds of songs across the various music streaming platforms, YouTube had gotten an exclusively large number of songs from various video game soundtracks.

Square Enix Music on YouTube

As stated above, Square Enix stated in an email to fans of the service that 130 original albums had been added to the service, but outside of the large chunk of songs that were added to YouTube Music over other platforms, Square Enix had also added to YouTube several playlists compiled of specific songs from across every soundtrack released. Finally, in the email, Square Enix had stated, “In addition, our official Square Enix Music channel launched on YouTube which will feature playlists for each series, as well as various themed playlists and content for fans to enjoy.”  So hopefully, outside of just the release of the music in general, fans will stick around to the YouTube channel to experience everything that the streaming service has to offer in regards to Square Enix soundtracks, playlists, and other content that will likely be updated regularly, with how often and how large scale Square Enix projects tend to be.

Square Enix Music on Spotify and Apple Music

Although the two larger streaming services, Spotify and Apple Music had been left out of the loop with the massive Square Enix Music announcement on YouTube, the two companies also have their own chunk of Square Enix Music for fans to enjoy on the respective platform that they subscribe to, or Spotify’s free plan if chosen not to pay at all. However, Spotify and Apple Music do have somewhat feature soundtracks from popular Square Enix games such as various “Final Fantasy” games, the most expansive series in the company’s history spanning several generations of video game consoles. While some incredibly popular songs could be found on these platforms, YouTube does provide something that’s rather scarce with the other two streamers: video. Although Spotify and Apple Music both have features on their platforms that do have video, it doesn’t quite work the same as YouTube or even be known for having such a feature so the move to YouTube was most likely the smartest thing for Square Enix to do, a company that has long been in full control of their franchises.

Other Video Game Music Related News

Another video game developer and publisher, Epic Games themselves have been busy with music as of recent as the company has been acquiring music-related entities such as Harmonix and Bandcamp, to further increase their reaches into the genre, in and outside of video games directly. Some related news that may have led Square Enix to release so much music onto streaming platforms could be due to the fact that Nintendo, one of the largest names in the entire industry of video games, has been striking down on fans constantly with music violations, after last year the company had flooded artists that create Nintendo related products with cease and desist letters. Nintendo doing that was absolutely harsh to creators that depend on the income and interactions they receive due to their Nintendo-related art but Pokemon fans have been treated similarly for a long time for almost as long as the Pokemon games have existed, fans have emulated and modded them to the extent that The Pokemon COmpany believed that they would lose profits over so ultimately the company has long attempted to cleanse the internet of such creations.

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